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PSU Whining/Squealing cause? (or is it my graphics cards?)

post #1 of 12
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It's been doing this for a while, but it's more noticeable now that I have my case on my desk.

What could be the cause for my power supply whining? Or am I mistaken and it is actually my video cards? (It shouldn't be since they have solid caps)

It only makes that sound when I am playing a game or running FurMakr, it is louder (in video) while in game though.
Edited by fofamit - 3/6/12 at 12:57pm
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post #2 of 12
Most likely coil whine from the PSU, you can't fix it so you'd have to get it replaced via warranty.
post #3 of 12
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Is that something that can warrant an RMA? Also I should note that this is a unit I had gotten as a replacement for my old PSU through RMA...
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post #4 of 12
never hurts to contact OCZ support and see what your options are. if it's within its warranty period I should think they would want to RMA that thing. But that's just me
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post #5 of 12
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Well I am not exactly sure how my warranty will work with this, would it be for the original unit it replaced? So I would get the remaining time from that purchase. Or would I get a whole new 5 year warranty from the replacement unit?

I would assume it is the former rather than the latter.

Either case I am pretty sure it is still under warranty, I contacted them with a support ticket... we'll see how it goes.
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post #6 of 12
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Just a quick update, I swapped around some parts... and it is the power supply making that whining sound.

Is this a sign of the PSU coming to the end of its life?
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post #7 of 12
No, coil whine can happen even to brand new units.
post #8 of 12
seriously unless the noise is annoying you, it's nothing really to worry about. thumb.gif
post #9 of 12
From what I've read.. it happens for this particular psu and the 1250 watt version. *ZX series**
But it shouldn't pose a threat to anything*I've asked questions of owners, but if it bothers you and the whine is very loud... they said to RMA it.
With that said.. This is the only reason why I don't want to purchase this psu, it got great reviews from JG*again with the ZX series**
Not all of the psus have this coil whine though.....
Edited by v1ral - 3/6/12 at 2:33pm
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post #10 of 12
My GTX 285 made that noise (much worse indeed). Fortunately it's just annoying and doesn't mean you have a faulty card.
Take a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coil_Noise
Edited by llgxela Alex - 3/6/12 at 2:36pm
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